• This week’s festival of free films on Hulu is a real monster mash-up, featuring creatures of all shapes and sizes. The slimy invertebrate that lays waste to a small town in the 1958 classic The Blob is one of our personal favorites, and look for another intergalactic beast with the texture of Jell-O in Hajime Sato’s Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell—though this one gets inside its prey and takes over their soul, rather than just devouring them. The tentacled monsters and winged demons that populate the low-budget fright flick Equinox were works of groundbreaking stop-motion animation. Brain-shaped monsters with spinal-cord tails stalk a military base in Fiend Without a Face. Even weirder is the chicken-lizard rubber beast in the Japanese sci-fi classic The X from Outer Space. And it’s a member of the undead that wreaks havoc in the 1987 New York–set cult classic I Was a Teenage Zombie, about a drug dealer’s return from a watery grave. Watch this punk-horror-comedy, unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray, here or at Hulu. And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for Hulu Plus so you can see the hundreds of other Criterion films streaming there for $7.99 a month.

5 comments

  • By Craig J. Clark
    September 14, 2012
    01:05 PM

    An excellent selection of monstrous movies. I'm also thrilled to see that 3/4 of the Monsters and Madmen set is available to be seen for free. Just this morning I watched The Haunted Strangler and I'm eager to dive into the other two.
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  • By KT
    September 20, 2012
    10:12 PM

    Hi Criterion, I'm just curious- since Hulu has significantly crippled the ability to find your films (I mean, you can't even browse all of the films in alphabetical order anymore), is there any possibility you could create a database of what's available on Hulu at any given time? I'm sure basically everyone who uses Hulu Plus to watch Criterion films would be extremely pleased if you did. Best, K
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  • By WMC
    September 21, 2012
    01:23 PM

    Seconded, and I can't echo that strongly enough. I finally found a straight text list of the Criterions with home-video release after a long search last night, but that doesn't include a lot of films under the Criterion banner at Hulu that haven't had DVD/Blu release. (e.g., a zillion Zatoichis and chaff like Premiers Désirs, but also a lot of good-to-great work.) Please, crack the whip on Hulu to make their site easier to deal with, or help us out with easier-to-navigate list pages at criterion.com. Thanks!
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  • By Mario
    October 04, 2012
    09:09 PM

    I Was a Teenage Zombie! Love this movie! A childhood favorite. I hope it's re-released on a good DVD edition sometime in the near future.
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  • By Gail
    January 05, 2013
    02:40 PM

    What happened to the free stuff?
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